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Poor Sumi Kitamura… Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage?
玫瑰契約 裸足でバラを踏め ก้าวย่างบนดอกกุหลาบ Hadashi de Bara wo Fume Stepping on Roses Stepping on Roses Barefoot
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But oh the Antagonist <3
=THIS ENTIRE COMMENT CONTAINS SPOILERS=
I started reading this manga solely because some blog says it has an honest-to-goodness yandere character. Well, let me say this: He's probably the most memorable male yandere I've ever seen so far. As for the manga itself, well....I have mixed feelings about it...
The Good ::
1. Pretty art style = the characters and sceneries were generally nice to look at. I particularly love the way the author draws the expressions - so intense xD. However, I can't help but notice inconsistencies at the quality at times.
2. An actually DECENT Heroine = to be clear, Miss Sumi is a decent MC for a shoujo. She's naive and uneducated, yes, but the manga succeeds in making me understand her circumstances. Sumi does have some development over time and I can't help but root for her.
3. The "Villain" = this is only the biased opinion of a girl who loves male yandere characters. Nozumu has taken a place in my heart as the most memorable. Sure, he's utterly pathetic and ridiculous, but the things he does...Jesus, this f***er is crazy and I love it, hahahaha. xD
1. A so-so Romance = it was so typical. Girl gets forcefully married to some rich jerk with an oh-so-dark past, and they fall in love for real blah blah Guy chooses girl over money blah blah HAPPY EVER AFTER. Well, to be fair, Souichirou is a rather decent lead, since he mellows over time. But it would've been better if it had some novelty.
2. Mediocre Over-arching story = *continuation of 1* Whelp, in my opinion, the story was predictable, making the manga less overwhelming.
1. Out-of-the-blue personality switches
2. THE MELODRAMA!!! = need I say more?
3. Rushed Ending = welp, that kinda destroyed it for me.
Fans of The Shining may like this manga: It contains a scene where one of the characters starts breaking down doors with an axe in search of the MC. Yes, I'm serious. And sadly, this isn't a horror story. Don't get me wrong, I love drama (Bokura ga Ita and Mars for shoujo examples), but this manga is SO DRAMATIC that the characters, who suffer from bizarre mood swings, personality changes, lapses in rationality and the typical shoujo misunderstandings, are essentially caricatures who bear no resemblance to actual human beings. Logical plans are occasionally devised and instantly abandoned. Loose strings, lying everywhere, are kicked around by the characters as they run around in emotional turmoil. Everything works out with both their professional and personal lives in the end - but don't ask me how.
All that said, this manga isn't absolutely terrible. There are cute and funny bits. Despite the excess of drama, the plot being old as the sun and the inconstant characterization, I didn't drop it and I didn't feel viciously angry after finishing it. But it's the equivalent of watching a television show like Jersey Shore - the bizarre behaviour of the people is interesting, but there's no substance there whatsoever.
... Last updated on September 11th, 2014, 5:30pm
I swear. This manga has the most evil bad guy of any manga I've ever read.
Has a lot of typical shoujou stuff (tsundere/arraigned marriages/miscommunication/etc etc), but stays interesting despite that. Has a lot of heart. Also has a lot of STUPID. But, yeah. Still love it.
At first i thought i'll just read this manga to kill time, but the next thing i know i was so hooked on the story, my feeling became 'I want to read it'...though i still think for their age, the characters look tiny and cute, should be more mature looking haha
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Man chapter two marriage was so funny! When he kiss her she was like "what the..."
It's always "u disobey me I'll throw you into the sea" funny indeed ^^
In the next world we'll be together, hahaha what te heck! Chapter 13
Chapter 19 oh she doesn't want it(kissing only) to stop, now she like it ei~ with shuichirou~
This is really a comical manga, most of the time I'm laughing
Sumi is a really strong woman, after all the scolding from her dear husband, she takes it as it is, and somehow manage to think of other people's feelings first rather than herself, and feel sad for other people == wah, is there any human being like that...
Man this Nozomu guy is really obsessed with Sumi, it scares me~ How he trembles while taking up the onigiri made by sumi that was thrown into the dustbin oh my gosh...chapter 27 yer obsessed obsessed chapter 29 naked painting kiss yikes
So funny Komai was at Sumi's place when he decided to leave master haha c28
Whenever Nozomu touch Sumi I'm like what the h*ll...
Wao this girl' strong man! Even helping her husband get back his title woohoo~! Chapter 50
Dude this Nozomu guy is getting scary and scarier due to his one sided love~ ugh~
Blood related siblings?!! Huh, of course they were, knew it from the time he said you look like my mother...
Huh, Souichirou didn't get on the ship, no way~...huhuh I knew it~~~~
Dang the whole story was cute~
And about Komai-san going to work for Nozomu, why did he do that? Betray Souichiro? Or just in need of a job?
... Last updated on August 9th, 2014, 3:19pm
He's a jerk.
I've only read to chapter 10 but I feel like I can't continue, how can the male protagonist do what he does?!
Seeing him forcing his wife to leave whilst the children were running along behind crying made me feel teary, and what's with the female protagonist smiling just two seconds later thanking the guy?!
Makes me feel like kicking him.
For the Yandere Lovers
It was dramatic, sure, the girl cried, sure, there's the whole poor vs. rich aspect... but I really enjoyed this story. I liked the girl, I did not find that she was completely without use and she did something to help herself and others around her. There's nothing particularly new about the plot, but everything is stretched out to the extreme.
Which is why I like it. I profess to be a fan of the male yandere, and that was the reason I read this. In fact, I LOVED the yandere character, I have no idea why that type of personality is so appealing to me but he really was everything I love to see.
The art is really pretty, I love the the girl's hair and all the clothes were gorgeous.
a good manga
it was my first shojo manga and i didn't regrets for reading this one and I hope find some manga like this
my note for this manga 20/20 <3
... What the hell.
It started great. I mean, it even got me excited for the next chapter in some parts, I liked when they part ways. But shortly after that....... just wtf? A big NO. I started to laugh so hard at some parts.. Nozomu was so pathetic it made me crack up haha, seriously... It was good before.. but it got bizarre. ... and funny.
I have to agree with those who thought this series dropped off. It had me gripped when it started out. Handsome bad guy (or, is he?) out to use cute and clueless girl for his own ends...mwha-ha-ha! Conniving butler backing him up, hidden identities...then, it all became so predictable and cliche, that it's frustratingly lame. I'm only finishing the series out of principle. I expect shojo heroines to be kinda helpless but Sumi has raised cluelessness to an art form. And, what the heck happened to Soichiro and Komai? They turned from scheming edgy guys to near idiots! It makes you actually like Nozomu; at least he's consistently obsessed and crazed. If light, barely complicated romances, requiring little thought are your thing, this is perfect.
Far more than My Fair Lady.
I read this because I'm a huge fan of Ueda Rinko's work, and I wasn't disappointed.
This starts off as very My Fair Lady-- a rich gentleman tries to train a poor young woman to appear as a wealthy lady for his own purposes. It evolves into so much more than that, though. Does this series have some cliches? Absolutely. But I've always been of the opinion that if you're going to use a cliche, you have to do it better than everyone else, and I feel that's what the mangaka did here.
The art is by Ueda Rinko, meaning it's beautiful and I have no complaints in that department.
I do have some complaints, though. One, while I thought the big "twist" was great, it was also relatively apparent from the first volume. At the same time, I can't think of a more subtle way the author could have done it. Two, even though the primary conflict resolves I realized that there were a great deal of loose ends elsewhere. Even though the climax overshadows them, it still left me feeling very... incomplete. Three, (without spoilers) some characters motivations and feelings were very unclear at certain parts; as if their development was rushed because the plot needed to do something or turn a certain way. It was just a handful of specific moments where I absolutely could not figure out why a character would do something.
Overall, I loved this. I highly recommend it to any fan of shoujo.